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Conference Announcement: Living Forward, Looking Back: Museum Practice for Postcolonial Futures

Living Forward, Looking Back: Museum Practice for Postcolonial Futures

at the Iziko South African Museum

Cape Town, South Africa

March 9-14, 2020

Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) & Iziko Museums of South Africa

 The event consists of two, 2-day pre-conference workshops, a 3-day conference, and a post-conference tour. There will be separate registration fees for each:

Workshops: 1. Collections Management and Preventive Conservation of Human Remains and Sacred Belongings; and 2. Interpreting Difficult History: Curation and Education

Conference: The conference will explore issues of difficult histories in post-colonial societies.Themes include:

·      Decolonising the Museum

·      Legacies of Empire

·      Trauma and Memory

·      Human Remains and Sacred Artefacts

·      Community Engagement; and

·      Reconciliation

as well as visits to local museums and heritage sites including the Slave Lodge, Robben Island and District Six Museum.

Post-conference tour: Visit Solms Delta, a progressive wine estate that is empowering its previously disadvantaged worker and resident communities through sharing of land and business equity and museums in the region.

For further information, to receive the Call for Papers or to submit a 250 word proposal/abstract and 100-word biography by June 30, 2019, contact: Wendy Black, Rachel Erickson, Wendy Molnar: